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Suburban axels to K5

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mrcold, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. mrcold

    mrcold Registered Member

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    What do I have to do to get axels from a -70 suburban to fit my -86 K5? Is there any difference in length or something else I need to know?
     
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    Bullet 1/2 ton status

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    It's a direct swap
     
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    Beast388 1/2 ton status

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    What year exactly is the Suburban? Like Bullet said, if it is a 1973 or newer, it is a direct swap. 1972 or older is not. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  4. mrcold

    mrcold Registered Member

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    It’s a 1970 suburban
     
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    rear spring spacing is different so the rear perches need to be moved to match the k5's spacing. the front is a direct bolt in. Is the front drum brake /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    mrcold Registered Member

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    Nope the front is disc. What about the length of the axels, are they the same?
     
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    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Yep /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    same castings. width too /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
  9. mrcold

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    Ok thanks! I would have to pay 1050 $ for the front and rear axel with 4.57 gear ratio, is that a reasonable price?
     
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    Ok thanks! I would have to pay 1050 $ for the front and rear axel with 4.57 gear ratio, is that a reasonable price?

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    Here in the States, that's waaay too expensive. Seeing as there are prolly many less Chevy trucks where you are, that might be okay.

    You will need to cut & re-weld the spring perches, so it's not a drop-in affair. If you can weld or know a welder, this is fine; otherwise, you might wait to get a 1973-1991 set of axles.

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    Well how much would you pay? I have been looking for a set of axels the howl summer... /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif and these are the first ones with the right gear ratio that has popped up. I can weld them my self so that’s no problem. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    depending on bearing condition and brakes i would say $400-$500 is average here for a pair.
     
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    Well how much would you pay? I have been looking for a set of axels the howl summer... /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif and these are the first ones with the right gear ratio that has popped up. I can weld them my self so that’s no problem. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

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    As an example... I've been looking for three weeks now and have come across a pair of 3/4 ton (14 bolt & 10 bolt w/ 8 lugs w/ 4.11's and a locker out back) that had virtually brand new 6" lift springs, shocks, and steering arm all bolted onto it for $700. I also found two other 4.56 14 bolts for $100 - $125. I don't know condition as I have not gone to look at them. Like you, I am looking for a matching front and rear set w/ 4.56's... something that is kinda hard to find. You could try to negotiate some... but if it's what you need it's what you need. You could probably easily find a pair with the incorrect ratio and regear it for less than what they are asking... but I don't know how nice they are or how much work you want to put into getting them ready to put in... or how many junk trucks are around you that you could get axles out of.
     
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    Ok… maybe I can get them down 150 – 200 bucks to $900 ore so but I don’t think I can get them much cheaper here in [darn] Sweden! /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif Well at least they have the right gear ratio! I can probably get the $900 from selling my current axels and the tiers and rims! /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Well every thing that has something to do with American cars is [darn] expensive here in Sweden. I don’t think it will be cheaper to regear them as a set of ring and pinion cost like $300 new per set and $150 - $200 used in good condition.

    The ones I have found have a locker rear and front if I remember correctly and are 8 luge.
     

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